BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Local authors Dr. Freda Hansburg and Dr. Harish Malhotra will discuss their new books and the process of writing on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Berkeley Heights Public Library.

Dr. Hansburg is a Berkeley Heights resident and psychologist whose book ‘Shrink Rapt, a novel’ (2014) thrills readers with the murder of the head of a university  psychiatry department and the strange transformation of his research subjects after his violent death.  

Dr. Malhotra has written ‘Metaphors of Healing: Playful Language in Psychotherapy and Everyday Life’ (2014) which he has developed for his patients in his years of psychiatric practice in New Jersey. 

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Both authors will be available for questions. Their books which will be for sale after the discussion part of the program.

About Dr. Hansburg’s novel: In ‘Shrink Rapt, a novel,’ Psychologist April Simon finds her career and life on the line after the murder of her arrogant department chairman. When four of her patients, all subjects in the late psychiatrist's research, begin to violently unravel, April tries to solve the riddle of their transformation. Her quest alarms the killer. Will she be next? So many of her colleagues, she discovers, had reason to kill the chairman. Who can she trust, when no one is what they seem?

About the author: Freda Hansburg is a psychologist and coauthor of two self-help books, ‘PeopleSmart,’ which has sold over 75,000 copies and been translated into ten languages and ‘Working PeopleSmart,’ as well as numerous professional publications. Her first novel, ‘Shrink Rapt,’ is a psychological thriller with a dash of romance. She lives and practices in New Jersey.

About Dr. Malhotra’s non-fiction book: ‘Metaphors of Healing,’ a self-help book for non-professionals and a psychotherapy manual for psychotherapists, features hundreds of new metaphors which Dr. Malhotra has created and used with his patients in therapy with positive results. Through his metaphors, Dr. Malhotra has passed down a successful open-ended interview technique to medical students who are encountering patients for the first time. Readers will be able to use the metaphors to help themselves or others, whether they are practitioners, patients, or someone looking to gain a deeper understanding of human behavior.

About the author: Harish Malhotra, MD is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers Medical School in Newark, New Jersey. He has been practicing psychiatry since 1977
Free and open to all, no reservations required for this program.

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